CARICOM Urged To Send Fact-Finding Mission to Venezuela

Lilian Tintori (R), wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, shouts slogans during a women's march to protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The Caribbean chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity has called on leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to send a fact-finding mission to Venezuela so it can make “an informed” analysis about the situation there.

In a statement issued yesterday, spokesman David Comissiong suggested that what was being reported in Western media and claimed by Western institution was not a true reflection of what is happening in the Spanish-speaking oil-rich nation.

There have been almost daily anti-government protests in the past several weeks. Police in riot gear have used tear gas, rubber bullets and fire hoses to drive back protesters armed with stones and petrol bombs. Demonstrators have also resorted to the construction of fire barricades in the streets. Clashes between police and protesters have reportedly left 38 dead in the past month.

But Comissiong said that on his visits to Venezuela, he found “the reality that I witnessed with my own eyes significantly at odds with the impressions and images presented by the powerful Western media corporations”.

He further charged – like the Venezuelan government has consistently argued – that the US government seeks the Maduro administration as an enemy and is therefore trying to destroy it.

“They are therefore currently engaged in a multi-faceted campaign to bring down the administration of President Nicolas Maduro by any means necessary; and central to this campaign is a strategy of psychological warfare, in which the media are assigned a critical role,” Comissiong argued.     CARIBBEAN360

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